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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Have a Picnic

In the northern hemisphere, things are warming up considerably. Summer is here. (To our antipodean friends: bookmark this for six months from now.)

It's time to call a few friends, and prepare a few favorite, portable dishes. Pack a basket, jump in the car, and go find a place to eat outdoors.

Parks are nice, and gardens.

But for the full effect, have your picnic in a natural setting.

Catch the view from a peak as you eat. Listen to a stream. Sit in a sunny glen in a shady forest.

This may call for a backpack instead of a basket.

But this is not a "nature trip." This is a feast.

Pull out all the stops. Stuffed olives. Five kinds of cheese, with crackers. Wine, if that's your thing. Gourmet goodies.

The best of foods taste even better when you eat them outdoors, surrounded by natural beauty. (The best picnic I ever had was by a stream in a cow pasture. Nature enough.)

So have some Great Hors-d'oeuvres in the Great Outdoors. Munch a Main Course in a Meadow. Have Dessert in the Desert.

You'll be happier.

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